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The Passengers from Hell Study: Data Breakdown

At The Car Loan Warehouse, we conducted an online study to find out what British drivers hate most about their passengers. With options covering everything from backseat driving and bad directions to making a mess and forgetting to chip in for petrol, we wanted to find out which bad passenger habits annoy Brits the most.

After being asked what annoyed them about their passengers, 10,000 participants across the UK gave us their insight.

The results are below, segmented by gender, age bracket and location.

 

The Passengers from Hell Study

 

Topline results:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 39.6%
  • Being a backseat driver: 36.7%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 34.1%
  • Giving bad directions: 26.7%
  • Slamming doors: 23.8%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 23.7%
  • Changing the radio station: 21.7%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 20.4%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 18.1%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 16.0%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 12.7%
  • Adjusting the air con: 12.2%
  • Other: 5.6%

 

Males:

  • Being a backseat driver: 37.0%
  • Leaving their mess in the car: 36.5%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 32.4%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 26.0%
  • Slamming doors: 24.2%
  • Giving bad directions: 22.7%
  • Changing the radio station: 20.3%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 19.8%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 18.8%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 15.5%
  • Adjusting the air con: 12.5%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 10.6%
  • Other: 5.0%

 

Females:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 42.7%
  • Being a backseat driver: 37.8%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 37.4%
  • Giving bad directions: 30.1%
  • Changing the radio station: 24.0%
  • Slamming doors: 23.8%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 21.4%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 21.1%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 19.9%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 16.3%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 15.5%
  • Adjusting the air con: 11.8%
  • Other: 7.3%

 

18-24s:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 50.8%
  • Being a backseat driver: 35.6%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 31.3%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 27.1%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 26.6%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 25.4%
  • Changing the radio station: 23.7%
  • Giving bad directions: 23.4%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 23.4%
  • Adjusting the air con: 18.6%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 15.6%
  • Slamming doors: 14.1%
  • Other: 8.0%

 

25-34s:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 41.5%
  • Being a backseat driver: 33.0%
  • Giving bad directions: 32.3%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 31.3%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 30.9%
  • Slamming doors: 24.0%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 19.8%
  • Changing the radio station: 19.1%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 17.7%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 14.9%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 14.6%
  • Adjusting the air con: 12.8%
  • Other: 5.3%

 

35-44s:

  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 44.9%
  • Being a backseat driver: 38.3%
  • Leaving their mess in the car: 33.0%
  • Changing the radio station: 30.9%
  • Slamming doors: 25.6%
  • Giving bad directions: 23.1%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 23.1%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 19.2%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 19.1%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 14.1%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 13.8%
  • Adjusting the air con: 10.6%
  • Other: 2.4%

 

45-54s:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 40.0%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 31.3%
  • Being a backseat driver: 29.3%
  • Giving bad directions: 21.3%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 21.3%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 20.0%
  • Slamming doors: 18.8%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 17.5%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 14.7%
  • Changing the radio station: 13.3%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 6.3%
  • Adjusting the air con: 5.3%
  • Other: 5.1%

 

55-64s:

  • Being a backseat driver: 43.9%
  • Leaving their mess in the car: 36.8%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 35.0%
  • Giving bad directions: 35.0%
  • Slamming doors: 30.0%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 28.1%
  • Changing the radio station: 17.5%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 15.8%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 15.0%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 15.0%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 12.5%
  • Adjusting the air con: 7.0%
  • Other: 12.0%

 

65+:

  • Being a backseat driver: 54.5%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 48.4%
  • Leaving their mess in the car: 45.5%
  • Slamming doors: 41.9%
  • Changing the radio station: 36.4%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 25.8%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 24.2%
  • Giving bad directions: 22.6%
  • Adjusting the air con: 21.2%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 18.2%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 9.7%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 6.5%
  • Other: 6.2%

 

England:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 41.0%
  • Being a backseat driver: 39.4%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 36.5%
  • Giving bad directions: 29.4%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 24.7%
  • Slamming doors: 24.5%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 21.5%
  • Changing the radio station: 21.1%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 18.8%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 16.1%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 12.8%
  • Adjusting the air con: 10.3%
  • Other: 5.8%

 

Scotland:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 30.4%
  • Being a backseat driver: 25.3%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 25.0%
  • Changing the radio station: 24.1%
  • Slamming doors: 22.2%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 19.0%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 19.0%
  • Adjusting the air con: 19.0%
  • Giving bad directions: 18.5%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 17.6%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 16.7%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 11.1%
  • Other: 5.0%

 

Wales:

  • Leaving their mess in the car: 53.1%
  • Distracting you while you’re driving: 45.0%
  • Being a backseat driver: 34.4%
  • Giving bad directions: 25.0%
  • Slamming doors: 25.0%
  • Adjusting the air con: 21.9%
  • Changing the radio station: 18.8%
  • Putting their feet on the seats: 15.6%
  • Breaking wind in the car: 15.0%
  • ‘Are we there yet?’: 15.0%
  • Not chipping in for petrol: 15.0%
  • Eating/drinking in the car: 12.5%
  • Other: 3.1%